Jeb Bush’s 9/11 problem

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On the campaign trail in New Hampshire two weeks ago, Jeb Bush was asked a question for which he clearly wasn’t prepared, which hearkened back to Bush’s time as Florida Governor. You can see the question here.jeb10

 

“According to Sergeant Marty (Mike) Treanor and other law enforcement officials in Sarasota Florida, the files pertaining to 9/11 hijacker pilots Marwan Al-Shehhi and Mohamed Atta from Huffman Aviation Flight School in Venice Florida were loaded onto two Ryder trucks and driven onto a C-130 cargo plane which left Sarasota the day after 9/11,” began newly-minted radio talk show host Mike Jackman, who with his brother comprise a media outlet pols this election season can ill afford to miss appearing on called  Jackman Radio.

jackman-bros“Is it true that you were onboard the C-130? And, if so, can you tell us what became of the files?”

According to those who were there, a certain amount of discomfort ensued. Bush, who has appeared as limp as overcooked spaghetti on the campaign trail, visibly stiffened.

 

“How weird”

UrgentEmergency“No. Not true,” he replied. Then, as an aside to those sitting in front row of his town hall meeting, he said, “How weird.”

Bush began taking another question, then stopped. His voice rising slightly to convey indignation, he said, “I was in the Emergency Operations Center trying to make sure the state of Florida was safe… trying to work with local officials to figure out how to make sure another attack wouldn’t hit and devastate our economy…That’s what I did.”

“So, that was kind of a weird… (question.)”

222ddNo, Governor, not really. What would be “weird” would be if you could back up your off-the-cuff and very startled assertion that on the day after 9/11 you were in the Florida Emergency Center with anything like proof. Because there are a number of people who know you can’t.

Jackman’s question refers to evidence uncovered during my investigation into the activities of the 9/11 hijackers in Venice.  And somewhere in there Jackman had also referenced Wally Hilliard and Rudi Dekkers, the principals in Hoffman Aviation. When he did, one observer noted, Bush seemed to freeze slightly.

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Perhaps that has something to do with the little-known fact that a Learjet belonging to Hilliard, who owned the Venice flight school that trained both pilots who flew planes into the World Trade Center Towers, had been caught carrying 43 pounds of heroin by DEA agents in July of 2000.

Just weeks earlier, Jeb Bush’s Secretary of State, the infamous Katherine Harris, had heaped praise on Hilliard’s start-up commuter airline, Florida Air.

 

Requiem for an honest cop

treanorWhat follows is a re-cap from primary sources who were there —including local official and aviation observers—about what took place on the day after 9/11.

And, after that, one final astonishing disclosure, a world exclusive, revealed here for the first time.

But first, a word about the sources of the information about Bush, who it came from, and how I learned of it. In his question, Jackman references Mike (Marty) Treanor from the Venice Police Department.

Treanor was the first person to tell me of Jeb Bush’s flight to Washington with the files from Huffman Aviation and the Venice Police Department. But not the last.

“The FBI took all our files, everything,” Treanor told me. “They loaded the files right outside this window into two Ryder trucks, then drove them right onto a C-130 military cargo plane at the Sarasota Airport, which took off for Washington with Jeb Bush aboard.”

Treanor wasn’t a flake, or a name I made up. He’d been quoted in national news reports right after 9/11.

huffman aviation“Det. Sgt. Mike Treanor of the Venice Police Department said that FBI agents had obtained the two suspects’ school records from the Huffman school and the Voss home and identified them as two of the men who agents believe flew the hijacked jets,” reported the LA Times on Sept 13 2001.

“Treanor said FBI agents were drawn to Venice after finding Arabic language flight manuals in a car at the Boston airport.”

“’This one man, Atta,” said Treanor, “was confirmed on one of the planes that hit the towers.’”

 

“Like Leisure World…without the bright lights”

JETSMy personal involvement began the day after 9/11, with the news that three of the four terrorist pilots had learned to fly in tiny Venice Florida, a sleepy retirement community on Florida’s Gulf Coast. And immediately—there’s no other way to say this—I smelled a rat. For two reasons:

First, I knew Venice. My parents retired there in the early 80’s. And being a (semi)-dutiful son, I’d visit them regularly, flying in from California, where I lived. And if by the third or fourth night I was there I was restless enough to feel the need to go out and have a beer, I knew from personal experience that there was no place to go, and nothing to do… because Venice, Florida has the second oldest population in the entire United States. Picture Sun City, or Leisure World… only without the bright lights.

So what were young men with no known fetishes for blue-haired widows doing in Venice? Especially considering there are 220 other flight schools in Florida alone?

It didn’t make sense.

 

Things that don’t make sense for $200, please

733357And second, the way the news quietly dribbled out didn’t make sense, either. That three of the four terrorist pilots—including both pilots who slammed planes in the World Trade Center Towers—had learned to fly in Venice instantly made Venice Florida the biggest September 11th crime scene that wasn’t reduced to rubble.

But when I rolled into Venice Florida three months after 9/11, there hadn’t been any spotting of Bob Woodward or Seymour Hersh or Michael Isikoff at any local watering holes.

The town seemed eerily quiet. Quiet but jittery, I discovered.  In 25 years of visiting the parents I hadn’t remembered ever even seeing a cop, but on my first day in town, I was pulled over twice by local police.

Neither traffic stop resulted in a ticket. But when I wondered aloud if it might be prudent to pay a courtesy call on the Police Chief, the courteous officer allowed that it might.

 

Paying a courtesy call on the Chief 

policedept-exteriorSo I slid on by the new Police Headquarters to say hello. The Chief wasn’t in, or if he was, wasn’t receiving. And that’s how I met the Sergeant on duty, Mike Treanor, who proved congenial enough for me to ask the burning question I had about Huffman’s manager Rudi Dekkers, who had been everywhere on television during the days after the attack.

My strong suspicion was that every word out of his mouth had been a lie. So I asked my question. “Does Rudi Dekkers’ have any local priors (prior arrests)?”

Sergeant Treanor sighed. He started to say something. He thought better of it. And then he sighed again.

 

“Trust local before state. And never trust the Feds”

treanor2When Treanor died of cancer in 2008, his obituary in the Sarasota Herald Tribune called him the “voice of the Venice Police Department.”

“His professionalism, compassion and occasional humor had earned him the respect of his colleagues in law enforcement,” said a fellow officer. “He was gregarious, friendly and had a big heart.”

Moreover, he wasn’t afraid of speaking his mind. He was openly critical of a Venice Chief of Police— even filing a complaint against him for improperly handling a criminal investigation—for more than a year before the Chief was forced out.

And that’s why I think, when I spoke with him, in 2002, he told the truth. Because that’s who he was. He was an honest local cop.

Treanor said he couldn’t tell us if Dekkers had been in any trouble in Venice. All of his files were gone.

I asked, “Gone?”

 

Gone and never to return 

maxresdefault“The FBI took all our files, everything. They loaded the files right outside this window,” Treanor said, indicating the parking lot outside the station, ‘into two Ryder trucks, then drove them onto a C-130 military cargo plane at the Sarasota airport, which took off for Washington with Jeb Bush aboard”

At the time, I was unaware of the Governor of Florida’s national security responsibilities. The important point seemed to be that taking all the Venice Police Department’s files was a lot different than merely copying them.

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Much later, I received confirmation that Jeb Bush was aboard the C-130 that took off from Sarasota Airport. It came from the man who had been in charge of the flight crew. That’s usually the pilot. But when this man asked to remain anonymous, I completely understood, as will anyone who remembers what happened to CIA pilot Richard Brenneke.

Brenneke piloted a flight carrying CIA Director Bill Casey and then-Vice-President George H.W. Bush aboard on their way to a meeting in Europe where they conspired with Iranian officials to keep 53 American hostages in captivity until Ronald Reagan took office.

It was called the “October Surprise.”

 

Can you handle the truth?

fbi-building-at-nightThe man who confirmed that Jeb Bush was aboard the C-130 was, I knew for a fact, also a CIA pilot,with experience flying Lockheed C-5 Galaxy military cargo planes, among the largest military aircraft in the world.

In addition to confirming Jeb Bush’s presence on the plane, he had one other piece of startling, and dispiriting, news. Everyone I’d spoken to with knowledge of the flight had assumed the files from Huffman Aviation, and the criminal records of the Venice Police Department, were being flown to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The FBI never got them. The files never got there. They were diverted to McLean Virginia. If memory serves, that’s the home of the CIA. Repeated phone calls to the Venice Police Department on whether the files were ever returned received no response. It doesn’t take a psychic to figure out that means they were never returned.

Somebody should ask Jeb Bush what he knows about that.

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Daniel Hopsicker

Daniel Hopsicker is an investigative journalist and the author of two books on transnational crime, Welcome to Terrorland and Barry & the Boys.

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31 Responses

  1. barbara says:

    any info availble about Flight Safety in vero beach, fl ??  mohammed atta was positively ID'd there.

  2. Larry says:

    Bush looked scared and horrified in the moment before he remembered he was in a room full of successfully propagandized 'friendlies'.  Then the Bush family acting credentials came into play.

  3. remo says:

    the fact the Odious one came back, after beginning to take the next question (who sais men can't multitask?)  signifies the 'establishment of narrative' so important in presidential type responses.

    Someone actually asked about Dekkers! Huffman! Holy crap batman ! He 'oops'd' in his flannels. Someone actually dared to connected the dots of BUSH and 911?!  What a cheek. That is supposed to be down the memory hole. FORGOTTEN.  [The investigative journalist digging up and recording the original report deserves a congressional medal of honour. but i digress.]

    Slim pickings for future use, however. A ribald followup might have produced a nugget, But, easy to say from so far away. And congratulations to he who asked the question. at least he tried !

  4. Great work, as usual, Mr. Hopsicker!

    This is a classic example of abuse of power on the part of Jeb Bush.  In my opinion, Jeb was hard at work building the profiles of two key patsies for the vile crimes of 9/11 and is therefore an accessory after the fact.  There is no way Atta could have flown a heavy jet into the north tower of the World Trade Center!  Look at the Naudet brothers film of this hit on the north tower, which was taken less than a mile from ground zero.  There are no engine pods under the wings of this aerial vehicle.  Both 767s and 757s have humongous engine pods that are highly visible at such distance.  Ash Shehhi likewise could not possiblly have flown a 767 into the south tower on a 595mph descending arc on his maiden voyage.  The G-forces resulting from such a hard banking manuever would render a seasoned pilot hard pressed to steer the jet with such precision.  United Flight 175 was headed right for the United States Air Force New York Regional Office on the 37th floor of the Federal Building at Broadway and Duane Streets, but was lined up to hit the south tower first.  I was a federal employee back then and I was there on the 37th floor when this happened.  You can learn more about this in my Open Letter #3 to Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder on my website at http://www.show-the-house.com/id79.html where you scroll down to 19 February 2009.

    If Mr. Bush was helping to perpetrate a ruse to commence lucrative, ongoing wars in the Middle East, with dire consequences for millions of people and whole nations, I hope, Mr. Hopsicker, that your research will be put to good use by prosecutors at The Hague where they will invoke the Nuremberg Principles against agressive war.

    Stephen M. St. John

  5. William R. says:

    Any way to watch this video other than F*%#book?

  6. Donald says:

    Thank you.

  7. Greg says:

    I am from Australia so pls excuse my ignorance but why does non off anything researched by mr hoppsicker appear in ANY media. I'm just curious 

     

  8. Ortaine Devian says:

    Wholly crap Batman is right.

    9/11 Security
    Courtesy of Marvin Bush

    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/911security.html

  9. Ortaine Devian says:

    * Interesting side note:

    Katherine Harris’ Husband “Commits Suicide”

    Posted by Dave Emory ⋅ December 28, 2013

    "We note the recent alleged sui­cide of for­mer Florida Sec­re­tary of State Kather­ine Har­ris’ hus­band, a Swede named Anders Ebbe­son. Ebbeson’s company–InterCon–specialized in mak­ing appli­ances for yachts and RV’s, which would dove­tail very well with drug smug­gling and other con­tra­band traf­fick­ing activ­i­ties. Ebbe­son worked for Elec­trolux after it bought out his first com­pany. Elec­trolux was the cre­ation of Axel Wenner-Gren, a promi­nent Swedish indus­tri­al­ist who was a Third Reich ally."

    http://spitfirelist.com/2013/

  10. Weilunion says:

    This is the type of journalism George Seldes used to do.  It is a national and personal and global necessity that it be supported.

    The corporate media will never publish this stuff.  If they did, the one percent would assure their sponsors disppeared as well as their reporters

  11. ponti says:

    Thanks a lot for all of these news and to continue to take the torch for freedom.

    I am french and I knew before 9/11 that something big will happen. Because a lot of people in France knew in advance the crime of 3000 men and women , alike whose who were informed by ODIGO , not to go to the WTC ,on tuesday 9/11. I hope to see one day the president of USA to recognize that it was an inside job,

     

  12. Jeannon says:

    Glad Daniel is still going strong on his important investigations and information.

    One thing that I have always not liked about his work is that he always matter of factly states that there were real Islamic hijackers that knew how to fly planes and who actuallty flew big Boeings into the World Trade Center Towers.

     

    Not!

  13. To all my "Troofer" friends: 

    If a Scientologist wants to comment on a story, here, he's welcome to, unless or until he starts blathering on about Xenu and the Thetans, which, it strikes me, would be a great name for a bar band. 

    So, if you're a "Troofer," keep that in mind. You're welcome to your beliefs. But they're not welcome here.

    I left one or two comments up, so people can see how ridiculous they are. For example, if Odigo employees were warned not to come to work at the WTC, it wouldn't have changed a thing, since none of them worked in the WTC. Also, Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which I trust more than any Troofer on the planet, still has its Odigo story up for review by anyone:

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/odigo-says-workers-were-warned-of-attack-1.70579?date=1441841840573

    'Dem Israelie, huh? Who else would be so clever as to leave something hiding in plain sight? 

  14. TheHolyCrow says:

    The Haaretz link is dead. I tried it and it would not connect. Just thought you might like to know. BTW, can anyone post anything about the Yale lawyer and Homo Capensis, since the Thetens and the Tibetans are verboten.

  15. The Haaretz link works. I was just there. It appears you're the one that's dead. And, me, I'm alive enough to delete as many dumb messages of yours as you're willing to compose.

     

  16. Archie1954 says:

    I am not surprised by these revelations. Jeb bush comes from a family of traitors who over the decades have broken every law in the books. They traded with the enemy during WWII, They attempted to ceate a military coup against a sitting president, FDR, They got Reagan elected when they dealt with the Iranians behind the scenes to keep the US diplomatic prisoners in Teheran until Reagan was elected. President Carter had in fact negotiated their release prior to the election. They are treacherous in the extreme! The twisted branch does not fall far from the tree.

  17. darkwhistle says:

    When you say the records were "diverted" from FBI, what exactly do you mean by that?

  18. Herr der Elf says:

    Dear Mr. Hopsicker,

    Governor Jeb Bush being a participant and signer of the Project for the New American Century is a fact. Everything that the PNAC proposed, they implemented and affects us still today.

    Furthermore, this PNAC connection relates directly to the subject of this article. It is part of the why.

    If you aren't a "Twoofer" (as indicated by your use of such childish names), then you haven't been paying attention. 

    //   

  19. george Archers says:

    J.E.B another question to him–Your brother Marvin Bush had fool security contracts of all WTC towers— how is it he ain't running for Presidunce of j USA?

  20. BO says:

    Thank you Mr. Hopsicker!

    What is a twoofer if I may ask?

  21. Buggaboo says:

    A “twoofer” is a derogatory name given to self-proclaimed 9/11 “truthers” who seek the truth about 9/11 believing that the 9/11 conspiracy goes even deeper than Mr Hopsicker believes it does – for example, the 2300 or so architects and engineers and their followers who believe the twin towers and a third skyscraper WTC 7 were brought down in spectacular fashion on 9/11 by pre-planted explosives and not just by the 2 plane impacts on WTC1 & 2 and consequent jet fuel and office furnishing fires. Just do a search on “Beyond Misinformation” for further information if desired.

  22. Big Al says:

    As usual, great work Daniel Hopsicker!

     

    PS Give the truters some slack as you can't answer the questions they ask.

  23. poa says:

    If the author is not a truther, I’m curious what he thinks actually occurred on 9/11. I find many of the truther’s assertions somewhat twilight zonish, but by the same token, I find the “official explanation” to be equally as out there. Its obvious we don’t have an honest account of what actually occurred. But where does the truth lie? One thing I do firmly believe, is that Dick Cheney epitomizes the word “evil”, and he is into a 9/11 cover-up up to his neck. The question is, what, EXACTLY, are they covering up? I doubt we’ll ever know.

  24. Mr Reynard says:

    IMHO… Dubya is a genius as to compare with his brother Jeb……..

  25. Dfnslblty says:

    Thanks for the investigating

  26. MSimon says:

    How do you cover your tracks in an open society? You put up lots of theories of varying levels of plausibility. Point to a few of the more outlandish ones and lable the whole area "province of paranoids". So not enough people look for the evidence to matter.

    So called "truthers" are helpful in this regard. What ever piece of truth they have is joined with levels of implausable speculation.

    (((((((((()))))))))))

    So what has real world US politics been since 9/11? To fracture functioning (not too well) countries in the Middle East into tribes. Is the plan to extend this fracturing to the whole world? Room for a LOT of conjecture there.

     

     

     

  27. Chris says:

    Hopsicker has been tasked with blaming the Saudi patsies for 9/11(with a side of Bush let it happen limited hangout) while protecting the Israeli and American perps. His comments here show the mask slipping a bit. He has been tasked with building the patsy hijacker legend, ignoring how many of the patsies were still alive post 9/11, and ignoring the mountains of evidence showing Israeli and American involvement. Your con will run out eventually Daniel, get that $ while you still can, you fraud.

  28. TDL says:

    I noticed a chronological error– G.H.W.B. was not yet “then Vice-President” at the time that he allegedly met with Iranian officials to discuss holding back the hostages, and Bill Casey was not yet the Director of Central Intelligence, however he was Reagan’s 1980 Presidential Campaign manager. Of course, the deal did help ensure they would win the election and take assume those positions.

    Very significant article. Inexplicable behavior by Governor J.E.B.

  29. barbara says:

    inquiring minds might be interested in going to Rigorous Intuition v2.0, 9/11 section.  other interesting stuff there too.